SecuRom being the first protections used commercially is also one of the oldest protections widely used.  Developed by Sony Technologies. Unlike the SafeDisc protection, the SecuRom protection stores its digital ID in the SubChannel Data of the original CD. SecuRom protected CD's don't contain any unreadable sectors. During Sony DADCís mastering process an electronic fingerprint is applied onto the glass master which assigns a unique number to each individual CD. SecuRom is also used on some Playstation titles. For more information on how this protection was developed visit the SecuRom website

Detection Of The Protection

One or all of the following files should exist in the installed directory or in the root of the original CD:


You can use one of the many protection detection tools from our Game Copy Protection Identifying Tools page to identify whether the protection is being used on your game.

Burning/Backup Solution

There are several different methods you can use to successfully burn/backup your game, as follows:

The SecuRom protection comes in a number of versions, each version has better protection facilities.  With each version that has come out so too has the patches for that version. Click here to get the patches.

You can use CloneCD to successfully burn the game. Use ClonyXXL to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (SecuRom) and the correct settings to use in CloneCD to successfully backup the game. You can also use Alcoholer protection scanner and Alcohol 120% burning software. Use Alcoholer to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (SecuRom) and the correct settings to use in Alcohol 120% to successfully backup the game. BlindWrite can also successfully burn a game with this protection on it. You can also use Daemon Tools to emulate the game and the protection. *Remember, if you experience problems with burning the game at high speeds, (2 speed +) (both the read and write process), then burn the game at lower speeds such as 2 speed and under (both read and write process). A lot of the time burning the game at slow speeds will solve problems of the install not working, or the burner not bypassing the CD's protection.

You can also use UnSecuRom which is a tool used to unwrap a SecuRom protected file by permanently removing the protection from the games exe files.